Language Arts – May 27th – June 1st

We’ve made it! It’s the last week of school! Please take note that the Language Arts Semester Exam will be on Wednesday, May 30th during the second time slot. The exam is from 10:30am-12:30pm.

Students have already been given a digital copy of the review sheet. Please see below for another copy.

Important Dates

Monday Homework: Review for Semester Exam!

Tuesday Homework: Review for Semester Exam!

Wednesday: Semester Exam


Study Guide 8th Language Arts – Semester 2 Exam

 Topics Covered

  1. Trash – Plot, Character Profiles: Raphael, Gardo, Rat, Father Juilliard, Olivia, Jose Angelico, Major Themes, IQR
  2. The Fault in Our Stars (chapters 1-14) – Plot, Character profiles: Hazel, Augustus, Hazel’s Parents, Isaac, Peter Von Houten, Major Themes, IQR,
  3. MLA Citing
  4. Plot Twist Types

Literature Segment

  • Plot Diagrams/Summary of Story
    • Major events in the story that contribute to the rising action
    • The climax of each story, Satire
  • Character Profiles
    • Personality
    • Strengths and weaknesses
    • Significance/contribution to the story
    • Symbolism/representation/personification of character
  • Major Themes / Symbolism
  • Important Questions Raised (IQR)
  • Compare and contrast characters/themes/symbols from both books

 

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Language Arts – May 21st – 25th

This is the final week of new material. We will be wrapping up the quarter with a class debate. Students will be working in teams and will prepare an argument and defend their position. The week will end with a review in preparation for semester exams next week.

Important Dates

Monday Homework: Debate Preparation

Tuesday Homework: Debate Preparation

Thursday: Semester Exam Review

Friday: Semester Exam Review

Language Arts – May 14th – 18th

This week, we will continue reading The Fault in Our Stars and will pick up where left off last week where we began considering what it means to live a meaningful life. Additionally, we will focus on the literary tool plot twist. There will be a review on Wednesday and there is a quiz on chapters 12-14 on Thursday.

Important Dates

Monday Homework: Chapter 13 with Reading Guide

Tuesday Homework: Chapter 14 with Reading Guide

Wednesday Homework: Study

Thursday Homework: Quiz Chapters 12-14

Language Arts – May 7th – 11th

This week, we will continue reading The Fault in Our Stars. As the relationship between our two main characters has grown, we are beginning to see them wrestle with conversations about self, existence and purpose in life. As a class, we will be taking a closer look at these themes. We will also discuss the importance of setting, and how it influences the novel. There is a quiz on chapters 10-11 on Thursday.

Due to MAP testing, Friday’s class will be cut short. Students are expected to read chapter 12 for homework beginning Thursday and be prepared to discuss it on Monday, as it is one of the longest chapters in the book.

Important Dates

Monday Homework: Chapter 11 with Reading Guide

Tuesday Homework: Finish Review Guide

Wednesday Homework: Study

Thursday Homework: Quiz Chapters 10-11

Language Arts – April 30 – May 4

Welcome back students! For this short week we will be taking a close look at our novel as Hazel and Augustus are preparing to travel to Amsterdam! We will continue to discuss themes and plot and at the end of the week will have the chance to plan a trip to Amsterdam.

Important Dates

Wednesday Homework: Chapter 10

Thursday Homework: Amsterdam Research Assignment

Language Arts – April 23 – 27

This week students will be presenting their group projects about love stories. Students will have class time on Monday to finish up their projects and will begin presenting on Tuesday. Students have an essay due on Friday that relates directly to their projects.

Important Dates

Monday Homework: Finish Project

Tuesday: Presentations

Tuesday: Presentations

Wednesday: Presentations

Thursday Homework: Finish Essay

Friday: Essay Due

Friday Homework: Finish Visual Timeline for Wednesday, May 2

Language Arts – April 16 – 20

This week we will continue reading the novel The Fault in Our Stars. Students will begin working in small groups on projects on romance in literature that they will present to the class next week. Students will be responsible for self-organization to stay on track to be ready to present next week. The Information Center has been reserved Thursday-Friday this week for class. We There is a short reading quiz on Tuesday.

Important Dates

Monday Homework: Chapters 6-7

Tuesday: Quiz

Tuesday Homework: Chapter 8

Wednesday Homework: Project

Thursday Homework: Project

Friday Homework: Project

Language Arts – April 9 – 13

This week we will continue reading the last novel of the year: The Fault in Our Stars. We will explore the developing relationships between the characters. Later this week we will research the Make-a-Wish Foundation and will discuss the impact that this organization has. There is a quiz on Friday on chapters 4-5.

Important Dates

Monday Homework: Chapter 4

Tuesday Homework: Chapter 5

Wednesday Homework: Research Make-a-Wish Foundation with Questionnaire.

Thursday Homework: Study

Friday: Quiz Chapters 4-5

Language Arts – April 2 – 6

Welcome back! I hope that everyone has had a relaxing and enjoyable Semana Santa break. We are in the final quarter of this school year! How exciting! This week we will begin reading the last novel of the year: The Fault in Our Stars. The story is filled with hope, fear, love and compassion, as well as life and death, which are just a few of the themes that we will begin to explore this week. There is a quiz on Friday.

Important Dates

Tuesday Homework: Chapter 1

Wednesday Homework: Chapter 2

Thursday Homework: Chapter 3

Friday: Quiz Chapters 1-3

Language Arts – March 19 – 23

This week we will discuss the conclusion of the book Trash. Students will share ideas about the final chapters and the letter written by one of the characters in the book. We will explore the writing style and topics and themes covered in the book. We will also begin reading  the next and final novel of this year.